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    I never open presents during a party. But my mil thought to do it for my dd1s 4th bday party. We had 73 guests here...... I have no idea who gave what.

    So my new plan is to put my mum as present receiver, she then escorts the presents to a safe room and shuts the door

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    We had 73 guests here......
    Holy cr@p! How are you still sane after that?


    Anyway, OP, I wasn't being condescending. Just listing the many reasons why people don't open presents at the party.

    As for what *I* do, I actually don't have a strict rule on it. If the party is out of home, then it's a no-no. If it's at home, I usually don't have many guests. If the guests arrive one by one then sometimes I might let them open it.
    But there is no way that I will be doing the old 'let's all sit in a circle and open presents' thing- recipe for disaster IMO.

    Anewme- I'm often the only adult at my parties, so I can't do that idea unfortunately.

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    If only people saw what goes on when taking four children shopping in a toy store to find that "perfect" present, I'm sure they would appreciate the fact that we bought a present at all. 3/4 of our present should be video footage of us searching for and buying the present. It would be easier not to worry about if the child liked the present or not if we bought just any old piece of crap on sale, but we don't.
    I do understand though if the party is a big one why some parents would wait til they got home. But writing down on cards, etc can still be done there - it just needs to be organised well and not chaos.

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    73 guests!!! Wow - people could get bored waiting for the presents to be opened. There is a limit to the number of presents being opened to the amount of time left to party!


 

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